According to Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com, two players have been cleared of any involvement by MLB in the biogenesis scandal: Washington’s Gio Gonzalez, and Danny Valencia of the Baltimore Orioles. Valencia is currently with the Orioles, although he’s been on the Norfolk shuttle a few times this year (most recently recalled before yesterday’s game and accounted for the Orioles’ only two runs against Seattle with a two-run homer). He’s hitting .216 at the big league level in 2013 with 5 homers and 10 RBI. I thought it was interesting that the Orioles would recall him yesterday given the biogenesis report coming out, but presumably all parties involved knew he would be cleared.
While it allows Valencia to play for the remainder of the season either in Norfolk or Baltimore, it’s probably not as earth-shattering as the news of Gonzalez being cleared is/was to Washington’s franchise. While we pretty much knew that Gonzalez wasn’t facing a suspension, he’s a player that obviously means a heck of a lot to the team. That aside, any transgressions that Valencia might have committed would have been before he was a member of the Orioles’ organization. Valencia played for the Twins for two years before being traded to Boston mid-year last season, and then to the Orioles last winter. Nevertheless, the Orioles will have his services for the remainder of the season, and they also have the peace of mind of knowing that none of their players have been implicated in this current scandal.